How Much Sunscreen Should You Use?
How Much Sunscreen Should You Use?

Do you know how much sunscreen you need to use to provide the tested level of protection?

Recent studies suggest that most of us don’t!

Studies have found that only 15% of Australians are using the recommended amount of sunscreen!

The average Australian applies just a quarter of the recommended amount of sunscreen required to provide the tested level of protection.

This is such a worrying statistic! 

You can buy the most effective sunscreen with the highest levels of SPF and UV protection but if you don’t apply the recommended amount then even this sunscreen will not protect you sufficiently. 

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Having experienced a malignant melanoma in the past, sun safety is a passionate topic for me. If you are interested in my melanoma story you can read about it HERE.


So how much sunscreen is recommended I hear you thinking.

According to research the answer is at least 40ml for your entire body.

This is divided up into:

  •  more than half a teaspoon (3ml) of sunscreen for your left arm
  •  more than half a teaspoon (3ml) of sunscreen for your right arm 
  •  more than half a teaspoon (3ml) of sunscreen for your face 
  •  more than half a teaspoon (3ml) of sunscreen for your neck
  •  more than 1 teaspoon (6ml) of sunscreen for your left leg
  •  more than 1 teaspoon (6ml) of sunscreen for your right leg
  •  more than 1 teaspoon (6ml) of sunscreen for the front of your body, and
  •  more than 1 teaspoon (6ml) of sunscreen for the back of your body.
Recommended Sunscreen Quantities
Recommended Sunscreen Quantities

Based on the above amounts a 75ml tube of sunscreen should only last you just over two trips to the beach for one person! 

That’s why, owning a well utilised backyard pool, I keep the biggest pump pack of SPF50+ sunscreen I can buy at our back door for family and friends to use. 

Having suffered with a malignant melanoma myself I don’t want any of my family members or friends to go through what I had to endure!

And I also don’t want you as a valued reader of Fabulous and Fun Life to suffer my fate either, hence this blog post!

There is currently a huge variety of sunscreens available in the market to enable you to find one that’s suited to your needs.

One of my favourite brands of sunscreen is SunSense which has a large range of different styles of sunscreen to suit all variety of needs.

SunSense Sunscreens
SunSense Sunscreens
SunSense Sunscreens
SunSense Sunscreens

Two of my family’s favourite sunscreen products over the past year have been SunSense Ultra and SunSense Sport. 

SunSense Ultra & SunSense Sport
SunSense Ultra & SunSense Sport

Thanks to the inclusion of Vitamin B3 (Nicotinamide) and Vitamin E these sunscreens have the additional benefits of added moisturisers and anti-oxidants, giving you skincare as well as sunscreen! So brilliant! 


Both are broad spectrum, SPF50+ and are easy to apply and readily absorbed.

They are also fragrance, PABA and lanolin free, non-comedogenic, dermatologically tested and Australian made and owned.

Now however they have both been reformulated to an even lighter formula with the same great broad spectrum UV protection.

They were my family’s favourite sunscreens before the new formulation. Now we love them even more! 

They feel so light and moisturising when applied.  

If you are looking for a highly effective sunscreen that isn’t horribly thick and doesn’t leave a white cast on your skin I highly recommend the SunSense Ultra and the SunSense Sport.

SunSense sunscreens are available exclusively in pharmacies and Priceline stores nationally.

SunSense Ultra, SunSense Sport & SunSense After Sun
SunSense Ultra, SunSense Sport & SunSense After Sun

P.S. You might also be interested in reading: 9 Big Sunscreen Mistakes You Need To Avoid

Share this post on your social media accounts to help increase sun safety awareness and help prevent other people going through the malignant melanoma dramas I went through. 
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*The above photographed SunSense products were kindly gifted to me for editorial consideration but I have bought SunSense products numerous times myself for both my own and my family’s use. All opinions are my own. Full disclosure policy here.

26 comments on “How Much Sunscreen Should You Use?”

  1. So much more than I have ever applied to me or my family. OOOHH. And I taught in outback NSW and then in western Sydney where we never even thought of hats until the 2000s. Every classroom has sunscreen in pump packs in schools I know for re-application. The trouble is, like I am, impatience stops us from adequate coverage. I can see WHY you would want to share and am glad you are OK from your experience with malignant melanoma. Scary!!
    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 3/52. Next week's optional prompt is "What is Kindness?"

  2. I don't know if it's because I grew up in Australia, but I seem to be the only one at our place who is mad about sunscreen. I'll put it on whenever I know we're going to be outside for prolonged periods and I take some with me. But my American other half won't touch the stuff, no matter how much I try to foist it on him.

    Although, I'm guilty of not using enough, going by your bullet points. That's a lot of sunscreen. Thanks for making me aware #LifeThisWeek

  3. We use the woolworths select brand and have been happy with it's effectiveness over the last few years. Although I forgot my legs over new years and burnt a little. i'd forgotten how much sunburn stings, especially when it's at the back of the knee, which gets so much movement! It's a daily ritual at the moment, applying the sunscreen.

  4. I think the cost of some sunscreens puts us off really slathering it on. When we needed sunscreen in Canberra recently I picked up a Coles brand tube for just $3 and it worked really well.

  5. A very timely post as we are simmering here in the Australian summer heat. I rarely go out into the sun after about 9am and if I do I cover up or use heaps of sunscreen. My husband has had many skin cancers and I have learnt from him that sun protection is extremely important. Besides it's very ageing on our skin! #TeamLovinLife

  6. Love this post as I'm am pretty slack when it comes to Sunscreen. I have become more aware though minding my grandson who actually reminds me to put it on him and me! Thanks for the information and have a great 2018!
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

  7. I'm shocking at reapplying. We also keep a pump bottle on the table by the pool. The one time I forget to apply is on my morning walks. I'm generally done by 7am, but the Qld sun is still quite sharp at that time.

  8. This is such an important message! I always get annoyed when skincare and makeup claim to be spf 30 or whatever. The amount of foundation you would need to apply to actually get that level of protection would mean serious cake face!!!

  9. Wow, I was pretty sure we'd been using the right amounts but then again, after reading this I could be wrong. Great info, thanks for sharing and linking up with IBOT 🙂

  10. This is so informative post. I need to pay more attention to applying sunscreen on the body too which I usually forget or skip when I am in hurry. The brand is new to me and sounds interesting, will check these products out.

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